Friday, December 30, 2011

Planning of drinking this New years Eve? WebMD has some tips!

I received an email from WebMD about Hangover Myths.

I am not a huge drinker. I have had 1 hangover in my 38 years and that was 16 years ago on my 22nd birthday.

But some people like to have fun in excess on New Years Eve, so here is some information I am sharing from this article.

  • Women have a lower percentage of water intheir bodies than men. (Can we argue that one?) The alcohol can be more diluted in men, while in women, it builds up in the bloodstream faster.
  • Having water or a non-alcoholic beverage between [alcohol] beverages will keep you more hydrated and could reduce the amount of alcohol consumed overall.
  • Red wines can trigger headaches in some due to the tannins, as well as Malt liquor. The gentlest choices are beer and clear liquors, such as vodka and gin.
  • Some researchers belive that by consuming fruit juices, or other sugar-containing liquids can decrease hangover intensity. Instead of a Rum & Coke, try a Diet Rum and coke.
  • Avoid taking acetaminophen after a night of drinking. Alcohol disrupts how the liver processes acetaminophen, possibly leading to liver inflammation and permanent damage.
  • Coffee leads to more dehydration and could make your hangover worse. The best thing to do is to avoid anything with caffeine. Sip water and sports drinks to deter dehydration and replace lost electrolytes. This is especially important if you experienced any vomiting.

Alcohol Poisoning
Alcohol poisoning is a potentially deadly medical emergency. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning include:

  • Confusion, stupor
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow, irregular breathing
  • Low body temperature, bluish skin
It's easy to blow off these symptoms as the price of partying hard, but if you see someone vomit multiple times or pass out after drinking heavily, there’s a risk of severe dehydration or brain damage. A visit to the nearest emergency room is urgently needed.


If you choose to drink while celebrating the New Year (or any occasion), please drink responsibly and make sure you NEVER drive while intoxicated!

Stay Safe & Happy New Year!

2 comments:

  1. I am so glad that you posted this. Everyone should know the dangers of drinking

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  2. Didn't know that acetaminophen thing, thanks

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